Racer17 wrote:Might be a dumb question but...
I completely understand the clause between the two to be "exclusive" in this bid and not allow the Pens to discuss other options...
Why would it prohibit the Pens from working with the government at any level for a "plan B" incase the license is not awarded to IOC? I can appreciate the clause is so the Pens don't jump ship and team with FC, or negotitate with Kansas City or Vegas in lieu of the deal with IOC. But how is an agreement in principal to get government funding if and only if the IOC does NOT get the slots license a breach of contract? I just don't get it.
The Isle Of Capri knows they are fighting an uphill battle in Harrisburg because of the ties between the Station Square Group and Rendell and Co.
If the Penguins were allowed to negotiate with government that would give Rendell and Co. the perfect out of their situation. They would be able to give the slots liscense to their big campaign contributors and try to build an arena with public money. At which point they could either build the arena and hurt the taxpayers or tell the Pens to go away but their #1 interest would be taken care of.
I really believe Rendell and Co. totally underestimated the amount of public support for the Penguins. When they tried to ride the Steelers coat tails for free publicity and Rendell was shot down with chants of "Mario, Mario" it opened their eyes in my opinion.
This is why "Plan B" has come up even though as recently as mid December there was no money for "Plan B".
From the Penguins point of view they are well past negotiating with government, they have tried that route and been turned away.